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Sands By The Sea

4.3
4.3
247 Reviews
£25 and under
British
We specialise in providing wholesome, tasty food in a pleasant environment with friendly staff for affordable prices.
Our family-friendly restaurant specialises in simple, traditional great value cuisine served with a smile, in fabulous surroundings with stunning views. It’s a great setting for a much-needed break from shopping, a casual business meeting, working lunch or just a drink with your mates.
Visit http://www.sandsbythesea.co.uk/sands-by-the-sea-menu/ to view our delicious menu

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2 people

21:30


Booked 3 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    British, Afternoon Tea

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Fri 12:00–17:00 Sat, Sun 12:00–21:00

  • Phone number

    01702 468123

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

Experiences

  • Digby Fairweather presents Jazz at Sands by The Se

    28 Apr - 25 Aug 2022
    Digby Fairweather presents Jazz at Sands by The Sea Our normal menu will be avilable and the bar will be open. The main restaurant will be open from 12, the area where the Jazz music will be played is open from 7.15pm Digby Fairweather website - https://digbyfairweather.com/ The Jazz Centre UK www.thejazzcentreuk.co.uk

What 247 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Essex

    Brunch

  • Essex

    Child Friendly

  • Essex

    Group Bookings

  • Essex

    Hot Spot

  • Essex

    Scenic View

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  1. j

    janetb

    London

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 31 July 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    The food was all quite good. With the Adventure Island pass the value is very good. The service was a little slow and one part of the order got forgotten, but there were 8 of us, so it does take longer. Overall we enjoyed it and would visit again.
  2. JH

    JoyceH

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 July 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    What I ordered was okay but nothing to rush back for.
  3. AH

    AliceH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The afternoon tea was delicious, a great selection of little cakes and yummy sandwiches. The scones were really nice. I was most impressed with the staff though, they are so friendly and helpful, and good with our 4 year old. We were given vouchers to go for afternoon tea but would have been happy to pay for it as it's really good value for what you get, especially including the unlimited teas and coffees!
  4. SM

    StyledbyMel1

    Hertfordshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 July 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    The staff were amazing! 46 of us in one sitting and it didn’t phase them at all. Nothing was too much trouble. Service with a smile and they went out of their way to make sure we all had the best time. Shout-out to staff members Mandy & Ethan and the other team member who I unfortunately didn’t get the name of (short dark hair, white shirt & shorts - very smiley & helpful). Thank you so much. Mel x
  5. FH

    FionaH

    London

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 13 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were a party of 44 and we had a brilliant experience. The staff were fantastic and could not do enough to help. Nothing was too much trouble and all done with big smiles and very cheerful attitudes. The kitchen did an amazing job getting 44 lunches out to us quickly and without fuss. Danny and her team were just wonderful!
  6. MM

    MMBear

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 July 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    This was a lovely albeit simple afternoon tea but great value for money as unlimited drinks. Our seats overlooked the sea and the service was impeccable. The staff were friendly, helpful and I would say best service we have received from any establishment for a very long time. Thank you for a lovely afternoon. We would definitely return.
  7. A

    Alice

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What wonderful friendly and accommodating staff! Food was served very quickly. Nicely presented and nothing bad to say about it. Lovely atmosphere. All in all a fab afternoon was had by my party of three. Many thanks!
  8. SJ

    SuzanneJ

    Essex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We visited at a very busy time however the service we recieved went above and beyond. Although the restaurant was busy it was not loud and noisy, tables were being cleaned quickly once empty. I can not fault my experience at all. We had a lovely time as always and the afternoon tea certainly went down well
  9. MC

    MichaelC

    Essex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food and service. We had the afternoon tea for two
  10. VB

    VictoriaB

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent. Friendly customer service, great ambience, great food, could not fault Sands By The Sea
  11. MW

    MarkW

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 13 June 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Afternoon tea was nice, some of the sandwiches were a little short on filling but the sausage roll was nice and the service was very good.
  12. SJ

    SadieJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic service and food as always staff are all lovely x
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Essex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love it at sands by the sea, I have visited many of times. I always request a sea view and they always accommodate me 😊. The staff are always polite and friendly. It's very clean. I always order something different from the menu and have never been disappointed.
  14. MR

    MichelaR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 May 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience3
    Fabulous staff! Happy, attentive and helpful in every way. They couldn't do enough to please. Thanks for the lovely Afternoon Tea
  15. WB

    WilliamB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 May 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Good and friendly service. Nice views but we had chosen a time when the tide was out so would be better if the tide was in. Food was nice. Tho have had better selection of sandwiches for afternoon tea.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful table with view of the seaside. Perfect place for a family meal. Thank you!
  17. VB

    VictoriaB

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 18 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food, excellent customer service from Kristine who went above and beyond - thank you
  18. ML

    MarkL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A brilliant restaurant with lovely sea views! Fantastic value especially if you make use of the Adventure Isjand annual pass discount ( £20% off) The staff were fully attentive friendly and food was served quickly Calamari rings were excellent and tge kids meals were especially great value. Try the ice cream sundaes even the kuds size was huge and cost less than £3
  19. KM

    KatharineM

    Norfolk

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 May 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    Quality of food wasn’t great! Would treat there again.
  20. F

    Frankie

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 May 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience1
    The afternoon tea, was not up to an edible standard. I ordered 4 afternoon teas The gluten free option for £16 consisted a round of sandwiches which the fillings were dubious to say the least the chicken and bacon was an odd watery substance which wasn't very appetising. The vegan option had a vegan sausage sandwich which once again was rock solid and inedible, the cakes consisted of packaged flap Jack's. I ordered 1 normal afternoon tea without pork and turned out I was given a sausageroll thinking they would have given a vegetarian alternative, the sandwiches we dry and tasteless. All 4 afternoon teas were left untouched and the milk given with the tea had curdled. This was probably the worst afternoon tea I've had. It's not worth the £16pp and on the day I was told I had to sit in the main restaurant which the aesthetics are more dated cafeteria. Would not recommend
  21. JB

    JoanneB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 April 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    We had a lovely day on Good Friday. It was busy - to be expected, as the sun was out! The service received was to a good standard. The food exceptional considering amount of people catering for. It would have been good to have second bar area open, as slow to get drinks due to having to queue with food orders. However, employees managed with charm and speed to keep the lines moving :)
  22. SC

    SooC

    Essex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Would (and have) recommended Sands to the local vegan community. The staff member who booked us in was friendly and efficient and the portions of food were generous.
  23. b

    bridgetb

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 April 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Enjoyed an afternoon tea with my mum and 2 daughters and had never been to sands before and i will defently be going again.
  24. CW

    ClaireWhitehead

    Essex

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 April 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Lovely afternoon tea overlooking the sea. Very good value for money
  25. KS

    KarenS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 April 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Had afternoon tea and was disappointed that when I asked if I could select filling and type of bread of the sandwiches I was told no, I have an allergy to white bread so some of the food went to waste, no vegetarian option
  26. KP

    KirstyP

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friendly staff lovely food. We had the afternoon tea. Hot sausage rolls
  27. S

    Shaz

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 March 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience1
    Food was very cheaply made, clearly cakes which had been defrosted. Had to keep leaving table to ask for our refills. No one asked how our food was. Very poor service, not worth money paid at all.
  28. AT

    AdelleT

    Essex

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 27 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    The food was good, the views of the sea were perfect and the girl who served us was brilliant... Very friendly and helpful. This was our first visit and we will definitely be returning.
  29. R

    Rebecca

    Essex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 March 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience4
    The service was absolutely amazing! Our host was brilliant and so was the rest of the staff. They couldn’t do enough for us. The food was lovely and, on time and brilliant for our number of dietary requirements. Definitely recommend and will be back soon
  30. N

    Natalie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful afternoon tea for my friends 50th,staff were lovely and the food was great.
  31. SB

    SeanB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 March 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Honest with a touch of glam. The vegan afternoon tea is a great option to have.
  32. JB

    JB76

    Essex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 March 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Had a really lovely time. Only gripe was we ordered our tea and coffee at the tills when asked but 35 mins later it still hadn’t arrived. When I asked they got them so think they forgot which I’d get if it was busy but there were only 3 tables sat at. Other than that it was really good value, lots of cakes 😳
  33. CD

    ClaireD

    Essex

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 March 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Really empty actually and we didn’t realise they closed early on Saturday! Food was lovely, sea view was on point as we were there to sit by the sea and have some chips for my mother in law who passed away and loved to do that! So certainly ticked that box for us
  34. M

    Maxineob

    Essex

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 March 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Great service but quite limited menu choices Lovely views
  35. AH

    AnnH

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 February 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience1
    Would not visit again, although I had booked for afternoon tea still had to queue to order it and pay at the till, cakes were poor, didn't like staffs couldn't care less attitude.
  36. KT

    KTCC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 February 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We reserved a table the night before as there was a few off us was really easy to book. Sands called in the morning to confirm we wanted the table. Was really easy. They were very accommodating and we all loved the food and the kids aswell and good value for money.
  37. LK

    LouKay

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 February 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Lovely and welcoming on arrival. Hot drinks were served promptly which was appreciated on such a cold day. Could not fault the food, it was all delicious and plenty of it. The gluten free option was on par with the ‘normal’ afternoon tea which is incredibly rare. Really nice to be seated away from the main restaurant, it had a calmer atmosphere. Servers were all very polite and smiley.
  38. M

    Moira

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My friend and I had a lovely joint birthday afternoon tea at Sands. The service - from the welcome to tea/coffee refills - was perfect. We sat at a great table looking out to the estuary - it couldn’t have been any better!
  39. c

    christines

    Essex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 January 2022

    overall5food5service2ambience5
    Fish is to die for, chips very nice, salad Was nice but more lettuce then anything else But slow on serving up had to wait about 3/4 hour, mind you it was new years day Staff very nice, we will go back
  40. CF

    ConnieF

    Essex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous on all counts thank you. Will be coming again 👍

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Protective equipment

    • Waiting staff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

Sands By The Sea is rated 4.3 stars by 247 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

21:30


Booked 3 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Sands By The Sea

Icon Building, Western Esplanade, Southend-On-Sea, Essex SS1 1EE

Additional information

  • Area

    Southend-On-Sea

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Fri 12:00–17:00 Sat, Sun 12:00–21:00

  • Cuisines

    British, Afternoon Tea

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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